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2017 Sumiko Okada Scholarship

Thank you for your interest in the Sumiko Okada International Fellowship Fund. The 2017 application period has closed. Information regarding the 2018 application will be posted online and disseminated to the DRS membership, as it becomes available.

About the Fund

The Sumiko Okada International Fellowship Fund is a research grant honoring Sumiko Okada, a Japanese speech pathologist, who contributed to the field of dysphagia with her publications and yearly presentations and posters at DRS Annual Meetings. 

The Fund was jointly established by the Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation (JSDR) and the DRS to subsidize international expenses for young researchers in the field of dysphagia. This award is entirely funded by the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS).

For 2016, 2017, and 2018, the DRS will provide up to (2) $3,000 awards per year to cover travel and registration expenses for young researchers to attend the JSDR Annual Meeting in Japan. Award recipients will present their research findings in an oral presentation (in English) during the JSDR's Annual Meeting. At the DRS’ discretion, these funds may also cover research equipment that falls within the award budget. 

Allowable Uses

Award recipients will be reimbursed for up to $3,000 for expenses to attend the Japanese Swallowing Conference and JSDR Annual Meeting. Award recipients must make their own travel arrangements. Allowable expenses include:

  • Event registration     

  • Basic airfare and ground transportation

  • Hotel stay    

  • Meal allowance

  • Research equipment (as approved by DRS)


  • Applicants must be under the age of 40

  • Japanese citizens and residents of Japan are ineligible for this award

  • Applicant must be a DRS member or student member in good standing (current with all dues payments)

  • Training members (e.g., student, post-doc, fellows) must provide an official letter from their department verifying full-time enrollment and good standing status in their program

  • Applicants must have an abstract officially accepted to the DRS Annual Meeting. In the event that an applicant has more than one accepted abstract, the applicant must choose one specific abstract to use for this award application.


  • Awardees are expected to keep all DRS dues payments current

  • Award recipients will present their research findings in an oral presentation (in English) during the JSDR's Annual Meeting and attend both days of the Meeting.

  • Awardees will provide a copy of legal identification, such as a driver’s license or passport to the Awards & Scholarships Committee for verification of date of birth and place of residence.

  • Awardees may be asked to provide a brief presentation a future DRS Annual Business Meeting.

  • Each awardee can only receive these funds one time.


The Awards & Scholarships Committee will grade applications based on the following:

1) Importance of research topic and relevance to DRS

2) Research project design

3) Applicant credentials

4) Innovation

5) Letters of recommendation


The DRS Awards and Scholarships Committee will determine who will receive the awards. The DRS will manage the funds. 

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